Medicinal Cannabis

Did you ever think that the legalization of medicinal cannabis would ever reach the State of Illinois? The pilot program in Illinois will include 39 conditions and diseases and applies for persons 18 years or older. The program has already begun and will run through April 2018. Illinois is the 20th State to legalize medical cannabis.

Prior to beginning an application, it is important that the applicant discuss the options with the physician and understand fully the benefits of medical cannabis. There are several forms that need to be filled out prior to state certification and they include: patient application form, caregiver application form, physician certification form and fingerprint consent form. You can obtain a vendor list for fingerprints by going to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation website or ask the certifying physician for assistance. For patients under the 18 year cutoff, there is still hope. Effective January 1, 2015, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act will qualify those under 18 to access medical cannabis-infused food products to assist in alleviating the symptoms that arise from debilitating diseases (again outlined in the 39 conditions accepted by the Act). In order to perform an evaluation of a patient, your doctor must be a qualifying MD or DO who is licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987, and must have a controlled substances license.

Listed below are most of the “Debilitating Medical Condition” covered in the Act:

1. Cancer
2. Glaucoma
3. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
4. Hepatitis C
5. Crohn’s Disease
6. agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
7. Myasthenia Travis
8. Hydrocephalus
9. Residual Limb Pain
10. Nail-Patella Syndrome
11. Muscular Dystrophy
12. Severe Fibromyalgia
13. Spinal Cord Disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
14. Tarlov Cysts
15. Hydromyelia
16. Rheumatoid Arthritis
17. Fibrous Dysplasia
18. Spinal Cord Injury
19. Syringomyelia
20. Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussive-Syndrome
21. Multiple Sclerosis
22. Arnold-Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia
23. Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
24. Spinocerebellar Ataxia
25. Parkinson’s Syndrome
26. Tourette’s Syndrome
27. Dystonia
28. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
29. CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
30. positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
31. acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
32. Chornic Inflammatory Demyelinating polyneuropathy
33. Neurofibromatosis
34. Causalgia
35. Sjogren’s Syndrome
36. Lupus
37. Interstitial Cysitis
38. Myoclonus
39. any other debilitating medical condition or its treatment that is added to the Illinois Department of Public Health by rule as provided in Section 45.

Most narcotics are addicting and cause harm to the human body. Studies have proven that Cannabis is safe and effective in alleviating pain and discomfort as well as symptomatology associated with specific medical conditions (listed above).

Advanced Physical Medicine Centers is now providing evaluations for those interested in the pilot program. It is most important, that before asking assistance to become certified, that you have reviewed the list of medical conditions. Our physicians are educated on the effects and uses of Medical Cannabis, and we have partnered with Medical Cannabis Outreach to assist with the certification process.

The process of certification can be costly, and it is not covered by insurance at this time. It is our recommendation that only those who have a serious debilitating condition apply. We are happy to assist any person who is interested in the program.

The information above is for “informational purposes” only. Anyone interested in learning further may go the the IDPH website.

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